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The Press Box For Apil 24

By Staff | Apr 24, 2019

I want to give a huge shoutout to one of the best people I’ve known in a long time. My special thank you goes to Lauren Matthews, who has been the editor of the Wetzel Chronicle and the Tyler Star News for the past year or so. She has been editor at the Chronicle for three years and has been with the local papers for seven years. She will be sorely missed, but I am happy for her as she begins a new chapter in her life. Our receptionist at the Star News, Rosie Miles, is also leaving; both of these two women will be hard to replace.

I remember the first day I started to work for the papers; I was told to go to the Tyler Star News and get with Judy who would train me. I had no computer skills and very little knowledge of the newspaper business. I thought about how I was going to handle this as I drove towards Sistersville.

When I walked in the front door, the first thing I heard from the back of the office was,”What in the heck are you doing here.” There sat Judy (Light) with half a grin on her face.

“I’m your new boss,” I joked. “Well take your big boss stuff and shove it. Come back tomorrow when I have more time, and I’ll start showing you how to work that computer,” she said.

I knew right then this was going to be an adventure. Amy Witschey was the editor and real boss, but I knew I better listen to Judy if I wanted to make this work. Both of them have since left, but the experience and help I received from them gave me the confidence to continue when they left.

Lauren taught me a lot since I have been working for her. She became a very good editor, and through the hard stuff and the easy stuff, she made it fun. It will be tough to find someone who will work as hard as Lauren. Good Luck young lady, we’ll all miss you.

This past Thursday was a special day as Spencer Corley finally did it! He broke the 25-year-old Tyler Consolidated High School record in the high jump with clearing the bar at 6’7″ to win the Cline Stansberry Invitational over his nearest competitor who went 6’2″.

The All-Valley Girls Basketball team was announced on Saturday with Josey Jones of Tyler Consolidated and Hannah Loy of Paden City being named to the second team. JoLee Walton and Peyton Kocher of Tyler and Paden City’s Abbe Stackpole were all named to the honorable mention list.

Friday night is the big St. Marys Care Haven Invitational Track Meet with the Silver Knights and Paden City competing. This is one of the better meets of the season, and some of the top competition for the Region I Championship will be there.

The Wildcats have come a long way this season and are showing they can win or score in several events. The Silver Knights are a dangerous team and can rack up points in a hurry. Both schools will use this meet as a stepping stone to get to Charleston next month.

The Silver Knights Softball team is scheduled to play an LKC placement game tomorrow night, and the boys game is on Monday, May 5. Locations have not been announced as of this writing.

The softball sectionals start on Monday, and the baseball sectionals begin May 6. The season has moved right along, and there have been some great games. Hopefully the Silver Knights or the Wildcats can get it all together an make a run toward the state championship. It seems like a long shot, but in the game of baseball anything can happen.

I watched all season, and I can say with confidence that Paden City pitchers Trey Slider and Matt Saxon and Tyler Consolidated pitchers Gage Huffman, Noah Smith and Tyler West are five of the best in the business.

At last count, the Wildcats’ Slider was nearing 200 strikeouts for his career. He’s a lefty with a wicked curveball and great control. Saxon uses a mixture of speed and curves, with good placement. Both are seniors.

For the Knights, Huffman has great speed and is only a junior. He throws in the mid-80s and is getting better with each outing. West and Smith are both seniors who can get the job done. West has good speed and nice location, while Smith will use a curve with good control.

The top five performances for this week:

  • Without a doubt, Spencer Corley with his record high jump.
  • PC Softball player Kelsey Michael with six hits, including two doubles and five RBI.
  • PC Baseball player Clayton Thomas with six hits in eight at bats, including two doubles, a triple and five RBI.
  • TC Baseball player Gage Huffman with 13 strikeouts in eight innings and four hits plus three RBI.
  • TC Boys shuttle hurdle team competing against the state’s best and finishing second to Point Pleasant. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com